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New Study: Physical activity and sleep patterns of young people during COVID-19 and its connection to residential locations


Blog Post By:

Patrick Yutiga



Paper by

Raktim Mitra, Sarah A. Moore,, Meredith Gillespie,Guy Faulkner, Leigh M. Vanderloo, Tala Chulak-Bozzer, Ryan E. Rhodes, Mariana Brussoni, and Mark S. Tremblayj,



Our co-director Dr. Raktim Mitra recently co-published a paper that focuses on the physical activity and sleep patterns of young people during COVID-19 and the connection it has with residential locations. Here are some of the highlights:

  • For children, houses (versus apartments) was correlated with increased outdoor activities; proximity to major roads was a barrier..
  • For youth, low dwelling density, and access to parks in high-density neighbourhoods, increased the odds of increased outdoor activities during the pandemic.
  • The majority of people would replace their current walk and transit trips with an e-scooter trip.
  • Our findings can inform future urban and health crisis planning practices by providing new insights into the desirable public health messaging and characteristics of healthy and resilient communities.



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From the Journal Article: "Healthy movement behaviours in children and youth during the COVID-19 pandemic: Exploring the role of the neighbourhood environment" in "Elsevier Public Health Emergency Collection" - US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health